Antique Granny

Antique Granny

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WHEN NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS


It has been around 160 days from symptoms to testing to diagnosis to treatment. Breathing in -- breathing out -- holding still. We do not know the level of success of the radiation and chemo (it will probably be August before we do) but we do know that treatments are OVER. It is unbelievable what the release of that grip on the mind this news has been. The radiation oncology staff even had a graduation party for Ron and they gave him a graduation pin. I am told it is an angel but I thought it was a flying monkey. (That's your fault Pheromone girl that I see flying monkeys everywhere.) Regardless it is beautiful.

Our expectations now are for regained strength and more activity. We have been so blessed through this ordeal to have close ties to family and friends who have been willing to help at a moment's notice. How people make it through the trials of cancer without loved ones to assist them is a great concern. How do they do it?


Of course the major victory does boil down to the strength of one person and that is the patient. We have encountered so many obstacles through the procedures including bacteria in the blood causing a 6 day hospital stay and liquid infusions plus blood transfusion, etc., and I don't see how Ron has maintained his sanity but he has remained stoic. Just being his advocate has left very little of my sanity in tact.
No, it is not over but a major portion is over and these next several weeks give time for comfort, relaxation and more breathing in -- breathing out -- which is what this is all about.

Thank you all for your concern and your continued thoughts and prayers.

Thank you for being my sounding board from time to time.


Love, Granny Annie and Ron (aka Ma & Pa Kettle)

20 comments:

The Story Teller said...

I hope you both can enjoy this break from all the travel and hospital/doctor visits. I love the breathing in and out, sometimes that's all we can do. Love you guys and always praying!

Changes in the wind said...

This is such a great post....you are indeed loved...keep plugging!

LL Cool Joe said...

I'm glad the treatment is over. I will say a prayer for Ron and you that the results are good.

Enjoy the break.

Lynn said...

May things continue to improve like they have.

And I cracked up that the angel looked like a flying monkey. Hee hee.

Bonnie said...

I am glad that this part of the journey is over for you. Praying that the results come sooner than August and they are good.

Pheromone Girl said...

I'm glad the flying monkeys brought you some fun. Having been in your shoes, I know how difficult it can be to be the caretaker/support/advocate for someone. You deserve a flying monkey pin!

Chatty Crone said...

I am so happy the treatments are over and I hope and pray the results in August are free and clear.

Nancy said...

Your optomistic post gave me a real lift today.You both deserve a medal for courage and good nature.

We are all thinking of you both and continue to wish you well....

I know Slim likes the idea of you not leaving every day.Give her a doggy biscuit from me for her patience....

Tabor said...

Always looking forward. Always being thankful for what you have. I think you both are going to be just fine.

Riot Kitty said...

Sending good thoughts to you both!

Snaggle Tooth said...

A party with a flying monkey pin? Cool! You have to follow the Yellow Brick Road to get to Oz after all- n much happy home breathing to you both!
I hope you wake up in a week n feel so much better, n hear good news also!

jdjaws said...

One big series of hurdles down and a few more humps to jump. This race has been grueling for you both. I see Ron as the runner who has gotten terribly tired, so you jumped in behind him and have been pushing him up and over the chemo and radiation hurdles towards the goal.
You are so right about how vital the support of family and friends is!
Truthfully, I'd prefer a flying monkey pin to an angel pin, but that's just because my sanity is rapidly declining.
Hooray to your stoic Ron for making it through, and now his reward is some rest and time to build up his strength. Maybe some of your sanity will return during this break, but I wouldn't count on it. :-)
I pray that good news comes to fruition in August!!

Rachel said...

I'm glad the treatments are over, and I pray that it has been a great success, and that his strength returns stronger each day.

I'm sending you both big cyber hugs!!! Maybe a flying monkey will come to visit!! :)

Rachel said...

Ma & Pa Kettle! I like that!!!

cube said...

Wishing you both the best. Hang in there.

I this THIS will make you smile. Scroll down to #3.

Merle said...

Dear Annie ~~ I am so glad that you and Ron have a break from all the treatments and time to breathe. I hope and pray the results will be good in August. Keet on breathing both of you.
I did enjoy my brother's visit and his daughter too. We are all improving in health. Glad you liked the jokes. Take good care dear friend, Love and prayers for you both. Merle.

Dani said...

Wonderful News Granny! Keeping you all in my prayers. :)

JeanMac said...

Sending love and good wishes.

Pat said...

My prayers and wishes.

Granny Annie said...

To everyone -- Thank you so much for the thoughts, prayers and good wishes. We are filled with hope. xoxoxo